Herb Kandel is a California native and a 20-year resident of Nipomo with his wife, Donna and two daughters, Anya and Zosha. He joined the board of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County in 2002, and initiated the Nipomo Chapter of the Land Conservancy in 2003. He has assisted the Land Conservancy staff with the initiation of several projects including the Nipomo Watershed Project, acquisitions in Black Lake Canyon, and yearly creek cleanups. Prior to his service with the Land Conservancy, In 1999 Kandel founded the Nipomo Creek Committee of the Nipomo Community Advisory Council (NCAC), which provided a community forum for habitat protection and addressed issues of flooding and erosion control. He was also served on numerous other NCAC committees such as the Transfer of Development committee, as well as SLO County committees such as an Air Pollution Control District funding committee. Kandel is a frequent volunteer in local elementary schools on topics of local natural and cultural history. He likes to sing songs and tell stories with his programs.

Kandel currently is the President of the Board of the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (D.A.N.A.), a State historic landmark with the goal to create a 140-acre living history park. He is also chair of the D.A.N.A. acquisition committee that is successfully partnering with the Land Conservancy protecting the historic agricultural landscape and the natural resources along Nipomo Creek. In 2004 he wrote a play about Captain Dana, which was produced and performed by PCPA Outreach Program and toured central coast schools in 2005.

Herb Kandel earns his living as a State Licensed Acupuncturist and has a private practice in Santa Maria since 1986. His undergraduate degree is in Cultural Anthropology from University of California at Santa Barbara, with field studies at the University of Accra, Ghana West Africa. He earned a masters degree in Chinese Medicine at the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine with postgraduate studies at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He earned a doctorate in Chinese Medicine at the Samra University in Los Angeles 1989.

His passions are hiking after rainstorms, exploring California history, and riding horses with his wife. He also enjoys writing and quiet card games with his daughters.